This week, Israeli soldiers invaded Bethlehem refugee camps, barged into Palestinian homes around the country, kidnapped and injured scores of people and debated the Prawar-Begin Plan (a plan that will demolish dozens of villages and displace Bedouins who are indigenous to the area). Meanwhile, Zionist watchdog AMCHA Initiative from Santa Cruz has demanded San Francisco State University administrators repress any messaging that sounds like militant self-defense against the Israel occupation and genocide. Despite Zionist-bullying, on Thursday, student groups defied the smear campaign and held another assembly at SFSU’s Malcom X Plaza.
AMCHA came after the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) last week after the group hosted their sixth annual celebration of the Edward Said campus mural. A table at the celebration displayed stencils declaring “My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers.” AMCHA called the students’ messaging “anti-Semitic” and said the stencils “glorified the murder of Jews.” AMCHA alerted the Simon Weisenthal Center, which successfully lobbied for the administration’s alliance. (This isn’t the first time this has happened at SFSU. For one example of many: remember in 1994, when the school had the original Malcom X mural sandblasted from a building?)
Edward Said mural on SFSU campus
Not-so-ironically, the student group that brought the stencil is not a Palestinian group, but rather the Student Kouncil of Intertribal Nations. The stencil wording has been used for years by indigenous groups to commemorate the resistance to genocide(s) committed across the continent.
Other groups who are unapologetically supporting the messaging and who participated in Thursday’s rally include Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Atzlàn (MEChA), La Raza Student Organization, Feminism in Action and the League of Filipino Students. The rally was not in response to the Zionist attack alone: students were also opposing implementation plans for campus police tasers and the privatization of the student center, as well as drawing attention to a labor conflict between the school and the student center janitors.
We spoke with a few students who helped put on the event. We prefer not to edit what people have to say, so we’ve published the comments in full: Continue reading →